Luca Zidane (left) and his father Zinedine. (Photos: REUTERS/Juan Medina/AFP/PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU) It eventually helped spark Zinedine Zidane’s decision to walk away from the club, and now it looks like it will mean the beginning of the end for either Keylor Navas or Thibaut Courtois at the Santiago Bernabeu. Let’s start at the beginning: Fifteen months ago, Real Madrid arranged to buy Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Club in that winter market for a mere €20 million. This is the guy, remember, who went on to become the most expensive keeper in history when signing for Chelsea for €60m more only nine months later. Back in January 2018, Kepa’s contract was in its last six months. He was free both to sign for a rival club in summer at no cost and to begin direct negotiations with whomever he wished. Effectively, for Kepa’s suitors, this was the Christmas sales. Madrid buying him there and then at a knockdown price seemed terrifically good business: young, talented, familiar with both La Liga and European football, even if not hugely experienced, ready to be of use immediately, and a way to ensure that nobody else picked him off for free that summer. It has been… Read full this story
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